Written by Holly Shaw

 

Workplace safety is no longer just about putting on a pair of goggles when you enter the factory floor. To keep yourself and your co-workers safe, you’ll need to take a lot of things into consideration.

 

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

This is the most basic rule of workplace safety, but it’s also one that employees tend to forget. You should always be aware of your surroundings when walking around the office – when walking on high floors, when walking through dark areas, and when walking near stairwells. At night time this is especially important. People who work late nights should look out for suspicious activity, as you might be the only person on a specific floor or area of the building. Try to ensure that your phone is fully charged and within reach at all times.

 

Lighting is Key

This seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people ignore this issue. Being in a brightly lit area makes it easier for people to see what’s around them and helps reduce accidents caused by lack of visibility. If your work environment isn’t equipped with ample lighting, you should be proactive in ensuring that your workplace is safe. Request for additional workplace lighting or make sure that partitions or other things don’t block lights.

 

Beware of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen in even the most well-maintained workplaces, and they’re also quite common during the rainy and winter seasons. Ensure that your workplace is free of spills and other hazards such as wet area rugs or slippery flooring materials such as polished concrete floors. Also, be careful when using ladders or stools around areas with height differences. Don’t carry heavy objects while climbing on a chair, and make sure you get someone to hold it steady if you do so. Inform the management and post signs on areas that are at risk of being slippery. This is a reasonable measure that can save everyone from a lot of pain.

 

Use the Right Tools for the Job

Using the right kind of equipment is extremely important. Using building tools such as sledgehammers to crack open a tough nut or using power tools without safety gear like earplugs and protective eyewear can be hazardous. Additionally, make sure you read all manuals and other documentation provided before using any machine. Don’t use faulty equipment. If something looks off, don’t use it.

 

Dress Appropriately for the Task at Hand

Dress appropriately. Wearing comfortable clothes to move around in will help you work better. Avoid wearing loose or dangling garments when using machines and other dangerous devices as they may get caught on things. Also, some chemicals may discolour your clothing, so be careful about that too.

 

Take Breaks and Stay Hydrated

When people think of workplace safety, they probably don’t list “taking breaks” as an essential topic. However, the fact is that many workplace accidents happen due to fatigue from prolonged work. Make sure you take breaks away from your workstation occasionally so you can free up your mind and increase productivity. Additionally, make sure that you’re properly hydrated before starting any task. This means drinking water regularly throughout the day, not only when feeling thirsty. Being hydrated helps prevent health problems such as fainting, dizziness and fatigue.

 

Workplace Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Last but not least, do not think of safety at work as just another responsibility of employers. Workplace safety is everyone’s job! Report any hazards you see to the management and keep checking up on work areas even after they’ve been declared safe. Many companies already employ safety management systems to help make things easier for their employees. This makes it easy to track workplace hazards, compliance issues and lets everyone view and report hazards immediately.

Workplace accidents can happen anywhere at any time. By following these simple tips, you can help your workplace stay safe and avoid accidents. Work should be a place where employees enjoy coming to instead of dread. A safe work environment makes it easier for employees to enjoy their time and be productive. The management’s role should not only be limited to ensuring that the workplace is safe, but they should also encourage their employees to play a proactive role in ensuring safety at work.

 

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.